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Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past year

Three-quarters of mail order requests came from states with strict anti-abortion laws
People gather at the Alabama State Capitol to protest against the state’s new abortion law. Photograph: Michael Spooneybarger/Reuters

Thousands of American women have obtained abortion pills online in the past year, according to figures that highlight the escalating difficulty in accessing safe abortions on the ground.

Data shared with the Guardian reveals that 21,000 women requested abortion medication between March 2018 and March this year from the charity Aid Access. Between a third and a half of the women who made the requests were then sent abortion pills in

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